The Big Berlin Breakdown: December 3 – 9

By Conor Rushby |

Check out Silicon Allee’s weekly rundown of all the best events going on in our fair city: what’s happening, what’s coming up and what may be of interest whether you be investor, entrepreneur or hacker.


The Lean Startup Conference is coming to Berlin – albeit via a live stream from San Francisco. The aim is to bring startup folk and established companies together to discuss how to build profitable lean organizations. With keynote speeches by Eric Ries and Steve Blank, the forces behind Lean Startup, tickets are free. From 6pm at Andreasstraße 10.


Silicon Allee’s monthly meetup will provide the chance to do some Noel networking. Hosted at Sankt Oberholz, it will be a great way to chat with contacts and make new ones. We will be there from 9am on Tuesday, December 4. There are no speakers, and you don’t have to RSVP; just pop by, grab some coffee, and mingle with the great and good of the Berlin startup scene.

Tech Meetups is running a drinks and demo night to get to know the Berlin scene a little better. It already organises global events from Moscow to Miami, while there will be pitching, presentations, and a link up with the London and New York communities. If you fancy it just email mirjana[at]techmeetups[dot]com. The location is revealed once you sign up, from 7.30 pm.


The Collaborative Venture Academy, organized by the CEO Collaborative Forum and Europe Unlimited, is inviting a mixture of CEOs from across the continent to engage in a day of problem solving – mostly to do with financial problems. A precursor to the European Venture Summit, it looks set to be a good place to find tips on making your company more ‘investable.’ Tickets are free. From 12pm at Hotel DOMICIL.

Stackoverflow, the Q&A site for hackers, is launching Careers 2.0, which will list jobs in German for the first time. Vice president Jeff Szczepanski will be swinging by to demo it, while there will also be Stackoverflow developers  on hand to have their brains picked, plus music by SoundCloud DJs. Register here, from 5.30pm at betahaus.

There will be a Crowdfunding and Fundraising Roundtable on Wednesday to explain the best ways to go about the increasingly popular method of getting investment. Speaking will be Jens-Uwe Sauer, CEO of Seedmatch, and Mario Paladini, CEO of G1obals, to share their wisdom, and Danilo Sierra, talking about how he raised $150,000 in one month. Go if you’re considering crowd funding. Sign up here, at RallyPad from 7pm.

The Stammtisch Community and Social Media Manager Meetup enables the socialites of the Berlin startup scene to gather and discuss the problems of the job. Old hands will be there to share their pearls of wisdom. No need to register, just turn up. At KommerzPunk from 7pm.

Thursday and Friday

The European Venture Summit will be drawing attendees from across the continent this week. Going will be entrepreneurs in the ICT, life sciences and Cleantech sectors, plus  over 120 investors and more than 120 contest finalists selected from regional events of the year 2012. With a huge array of speakers, events will be kicked off with speeches from William Stevens, of Europe Unlimited,
Ulrich Kissing, of Investitionsbank Berlin, and Cornelia Barbara Yzer from the Berlin senate. Tickets are still going at €400. At Investitionsbank. From 8.30am Thursday, 9am Friday.


CryptoParty is coming to Berlin, to discuss why cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are still valuable. Attendees will be shown how to avoid being tracked, and install user anonymity tools. Discussion will also centre on who the trackers are. No need to register, just turn up at Weisestraße 7, at 7pm. Bring your own booze.

Already sold out: General Assembly Berlin Holiday Warmup; WhereCamp Berlin 

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